The Philadelphia Eagles will look to bounce back after a tough loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, facing their long-time former head coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. Don’t expect the Eagles to lose two-straight games to weaker AFC West opponents. Instead, look for the Chip Kelly led offense to explode once again and for the defense to play much better while grounding the Chiefs.
Kelly has brought his fast-paced spread offense to Philly after changing the college game with it as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Yes, Kansas City is off to a great start under Reid with a 2-0 record, and remember the Chiefs only won two total games last season. However, the team has not yet faced a team with the insanely uptempo offense that the Eagles possess.
As always, Eagles’ fans will be hyped Thursday night, especially with Andy coming back to town. Reid is one of only three head coaches who have led one franchise for 14 years or longer and then get a chance to play his former team. No doubt, this will create a dynamic environment at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
With a short week to prepare for the Eagles offense, look for the Chiefs to struggle early and often. To give you a better idea of how good this offense is, I have to mention that running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy leads the NFL in rushing yards after two weeks. In addition, the speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson leads the league in receiving yards from scrimmage.
Without question, coach Reid will get a warm welcome from the Philly faithful prior to the kickoff on Thursday night. However, look for the Eagles to show no mercy on coach and the Chiefs after the first whistle. Philadelphia will fly over Kansas City with an angry tone, taking their displeasure from Sunday out on Andy’s squad.